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Open Day to reveal Cathedral roundabout dig finds

Bone Spoon found during Cathedral roundabout excavations.
Cathedral Dig Bone Spoon
Published Friday, 8th May 2015

An open day will be held in Worcester on Saturday (May 9) when people will be able to see a wide range of items uncovered during the Cathedral roundabout excavations. The finds will be part of a pop-up exhibition at St Helen's Church, on the corner of High Street and Fish Street, which will be open between 9.30am and 3.30pm.

It is being organised by Worcestershire County Council's Archive and Archaeology Service and members of the public will be able to handle some of the artefacts discovered during the dig.

The exhibition will also feature historic photos of Lich St, information about the people who lived in the houses there, as well as the latest news from the excavation.

The works, which started in March, are the first investigation works to support the Worcester Cathedral square improvement scheme. Archaeologists have been working hard to uncover and record the ground underneath the centre of the roundabout. 

Public interest in the project has soared and more than 300 people took part in tours put on last week by staff from the Archive and Archaeology Service, who have also been speaking to people by the Elgar statue at the top of the High Street. Many more people have been following news from the dig online. 

Tours are continuing this week until today (Friday, 8 May) and will resume next week, Wednesday to Saturday from 9.30am to 3.30pm. News from the dig will continue on the blog http://diglichstreet.blogspot.co.uk/.

Paul Hudson, Learning and Outreach Manager for the Archive and Archaeology Service, said, "We have only been able to bring a small number of finds and photos out so far, so this Saturday it will be great to be able to show people more, and allow us to spend more time with people and in more comfort."

He added that the team was interested in speaking to people who had lived in Lich Street and had memories of it.

The dig has revealed items from a number of different periods of history, including the foundations and cellars of houses at the west end of Lich Street, which were demolished in the 1960s. There are also some remains of cellars which date from the 18th Century, with small pieces of Roman and Saxon pottery among the finds.